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Experts analyze Giants after first win

In the wake of the Giants' first victory of the season - a 23-7 triumph over the Minnesota Vikings on Monday Night Football - here is what experts are saying around the league about the Giants and where they go from here:


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"Optimists will note, however, that Jamaal Charles, LeSean McCoy, Matt Forte and [Adrian] Peterson have been held to 206 yards on 70 carries (2.94 YPC) over the past four Giants games. Jason Pierre-Paul finally is moving better, his pass-rushing partner, Justin Tuck, has rebounded from a disappointing 2012 season and linebacker Jon Beason is plugging the middle since coming over from the Panthers a few weeks ago."

"This looked more like a preseason exhibition staged in October, or a sandlot game played by weekend warriors in pads, and it did not matter to the winning team that football fans everywhere were grossed out by the performance.

"The New York Giants were ready to hang this one in the Louvre, anyway."

"It was ugly, but they found a way against the Vikings to get their first victory. At least the defense showed some life."

"The Giants are three games behind Dallas and two behind Philadelphia and Washington in the loss column. If they can beat the Eagles, who will probably start a battered Michael Vick or the rookie Matt Barkley at quarterback, they will have three home games after the bye week against the Raiders, the Packers and the Cowboys.

"Take care of Philadelphia and Oakland and the Green Bay game becomes the first true crossroads test. Aaron Rodgers notwithstanding, the Giants have been known in the Coughlin-Manning era to acquit themselves rather well against the Packers, who were hammered at MetLife, 38-10, just last November."

"Now the re-charged Giants face the 3-4 Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday.

"A win against a bitter, more talented NFC East rival would be a much better indicator of whether the Giants are back, considering Michael Vick is expected to regain the starting job he lost to Nick Foles after suffering a hamstring injury in a 36-21 win against the Giants on Oct. 6."

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